To make this website work properly, we sometimes collect personal data from our users.

Which organisation is collecting this information? is a website owned by Chared Verschuur-Ballo, a communication and media professional based in The Netherlands. This website uses the WordPress framework licensed under GPL2.

Types of data collected

Among the types of personal data that this website collects, by itself or through third parties, are: cookies, usage data (for analytics reports) and email address (when you leave comments).

Who we share your data with

We don’t share your personal data with any third parties on purpose. However, third parties viewing this website may use your email address or any personal data you leave with your comments.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Detailed information on the processing of personal data

Personal data is collected for the following purposes and using the following services:

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When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment. [/ap_toggle]

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If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website. [/ap_toggle]

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If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another. Know more about cookies here and the EU cookie law here and here (shorter version).

How to control cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

Other personal data collected may be described in other sections of this privacy policy or by dedicated explanation. The personal data may be freely provided by the user, or collected automatically when using this website.

Users are responsible for any personal data of third parties obtained, published or shared through this website and confirm that they have the third party’s consent to provide the data to the controller.


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Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. [/ap_toggle]

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This website uses Google Analytics (Google Inc.) to monitor and analyze web traffic and can be used to keep track of user behavior. Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google utilizes the data collected to track and examine the use of this application, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services. Google may use the data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.

Data collected: cookie and usage data

Place of processing: USA – Privacy Policy – Opt Out


Additional information about data collection and processing

[ap_toggle title=”Legal action” status=”close”]User data may be used for legal purposes by the owner of this website, in court or in the stages leading to possible legal action arising from improper use of this website, its content or the related services. The user declares to be aware that the owner of this website may be required to reveal personal data upon request of public authorities.[/ap_toggle]

[ap_toggle title=”Additional information about user’s personal data” status=”close”]In addition to the information contained in this privacy policy, this website may provide the user with additional and contextual information concerning particular services or the collection and processing of personal data upon request.[/ap_toggle]

[ap_toggle title=”System logs and maintenance” status=”close”]For operation and maintenance purposes, this website and any third party services may collect files that record interaction with this website (system logs) or use for this purpose other personal data (such as IP Address).[/ap_toggle]

[ap_toggle title=”The rights of users” status=”close”]Users have the right, at any time, to know whether their personal data has been stored and can consult the owner of this website to learn about their contents and origin, to verify their accuracy or to ask for them to be supplemented, cancelled, updated or corrected, or for their transformation into anonymous format or to block any data held in violation of the law, as well as to oppose their treatment for any and all legitimate reasons. Requests should be sent to the owner of this website using the contact page.[/ap_toggle]

[ap_toggle title=”Changes to this privacy policy” status=”close”]The owner of this website reserves the right to make changes to this privacy policy at any time by giving notice to its users on this page. It is strongly recommended to check this page often, referring to the date of the last modification listed at the bottom. If a user objects to any of the changes to the policy, the user must cease using this website and can request that the owner of this website removes the personal data. Unless stated otherwise, the then-current privacy policy applies to all personal data the owner of this website has about users.[/ap_toggle]

Definitions and legal references

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[ap_toggle title=”Data controller (or owner)” status=”close”]The natural person, legal person, public administration or any other body, association or organization with the right, also jointly with another data controller, to make decisions regarding the purposes, and the methods of processing of personal data and the means used, including the security measures concerning the operation and use of this website. The data controller, unless otherwise specified, is the owner of this website.[/ap_toggle]

[ap_toggle title=”Data processor (or data supervisor) ” status=”close”]The natural person, legal person, public administration or any other body, association or organization authorized by the data controller to process the personal data in compliance with this privacy policy. [/ap_toggle]

[ap_toggle title=”Data subject” status=”close”]The legal or natural person to whom the personal data refers.[/ap_toggle]

[ap_toggle title=”Personal data or Data” status=”close”]Any information regarding a natural person, a legal person, an institution or an association, which is, or can be, identified, even indirectly, by reference to any other information, including a personal identification number. [/ap_toggle]

[ap_toggle title=”Usage data” status=”close”]Information collected automatically from this website (or third party services employed in this website), which can include: the IP addresses or domain names of the computers utilized by the users who use this website, the URI addresses (Uniform Resource Identifier), the time of the request, the method utilized to submit the request to the server, the size of the file received in response, the numerical code indicating the status of the server’s answer (successful outcome, error, etc.), the country of origin, the features of the browser and the operating system utilized by the user, the various time details per visit (e.g., the time spent on each page within the website) and the details about the path followed within the website with special reference to the sequence of pages visited, and other parameters about the device operating system and/or the user’s IT environment.[/ap_toggle]

[ap_toggle title=”User” status=”close”]The individual using this website, which must coincide with or be authorized by the data subject, to whom the personal data refer.[/ap_toggle]

[ap_call_to_action button_text=”Contact me for any privacy concerns” button_url=”” button_align=”right”]Legal information notice to European users: this privacy statement has been prepared in fulfillment of the obligations under Art. 10 of EC Directive n. 95/46/EC, and under the provisions of Directive 2002/58/EC, as revised by Directive 2009/136/EC, on the subject of Cookies. This privacy policy relates solely to this website.[/ap_call_to_action]

Last updated: 19 May 2018